Renting house in Dubai? This is how to register your Ejari

Renting house in Dubai? This is how to register your Ejari

Dubai - It is mandatory and ensures rental agreements are fair, transparent

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Published: Mon 31 Jul 2017, 4:46 PM

Last updated: Tue 1 Aug 2017, 4:18 PM

If you renting a house in Dubai, it is mandatory for you to register the lease contract - residential or commercial - on Ejari. Ejari is an initiative of Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department, to regulate and facilitate the rental market.

What is Ejari?

Ejari is an Arabic word which translates to 'my rent'. All contracts should be registered with Ejari Dubai to ensure that the Dubai rental market becomes one of the most transparent in the world and ensure peace of mind for both tenants and landlords alike.
The Ejari system provides a full portfolio of services beyond registering the initial lease agreement. Renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations can all be logged. Ejari will ensure rental agreements are fair and transparent to the parties involved and that their terms and conditions are given full weight.
Registering your tenancy contract in Dubai is now mandatory for:
New/renewal of residence visas
Media/internet connection
Obtaining a commercial license
Employing domestic staff
Acquiring a liquor license

No electricity, water connection without Ejari

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced that attesting Ejari tenancy contract is mandatory for getting electricity and water services. Customers will be able to activate electricity and water services as soon as they attest the contract at any of the 800 real estate offices approved by Dubai Land Department, without having to visit Dewa's customer happiness centres.
Here's how to register

How it works?

Registration through Ejari is a simple process requiring little technical knowledge. Only the basic details of agreements are to be entered. These include information such as details of the property, the name of the rental company, and terms of the agreement. Once the agreement is entered into the system and registered, it is allocated a unique barcode which acts as its reference throughout the life of the contract. Rera will keep its own record of the agreement and update changes to the register as these occur.

Compulsory by law

Law No. 26 of 2007 concerning regulating the relation between tenants and landlords of property makes it mandatory to register lease contracts with Rera and this should be carried out through its Ejari system. There is no exception for commercial or residential contracts. Once the registration process is complete, a rent receipt can be procured through the system.

How to register 

In order to register a tenancy contract with Ejari, one has to use the website. The site has been created to facilitate Ejari registrations and cancellations in Dubai. Tenants can save time and money and the registration can be completed in less than six working hours.
All you need to do is:
Visit Ejari webpage
Upload your documents online one by one
Pay the Ejari fees securely online through Paypal or cashU
Wait for about 3-4 hours (6 hours max guaranteed)
The registered contract and the Ejari certificate will be emailed to the tenant's inbox in less than a day

Which are the documents required?

Copy of the following documents (a scan or a photo in high definition):
Tenant's Passport (for non-GCC countries nationals)
Tenant's UAE Visa (for non-GCC countries nationals)
Tenant's Emirates ID (mandatory)
Tenancy Contract
Recent Dewa Bill (or Dewa connection receipt)
Title Deeds of the rented property (or alternatively, Affection Plan issued by Dubai Municipality)
One can submit their request online any time 24/7.
Upon completion of the registration process, the applicant will receive the Ejari Attestation made of three parts:
Ejari tenancy contract
This part represents the transposition of your private rental agreement (tenancy contract) into a standard format accepted by Ejari.
Ejari registration certificate
This part is the evidence that a rental agreement was successfully entered into the Ejari information system and thus giving the terms of the contract legal validity.
Ejari fees payment receipt
This part bears the receipt issued after the payment of the Ejari government fees and typing service charges to Rera.

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Ejari fees

The online registration costs you Dh370 with the cost being paid by the tenant in most cases. Along with the online fee, you will also be asked to pay for the Ejari government tax, innovation fee and typing charges. The total amount inclusive of Rera and other government charges is Dh585.
Find a breakdown of costs here:
Ejari fee (government tax): Dh 155
Knowledge fee: Dh 10
Innovation fee: Dh 10
Typing charges: Dh 40
Ejari Online registration: Dh 370 (fully refundable if registered in more than 7 days)
Ejari Consultation & Online Support: Free
The price can be paid online on this website with Paypal. Paypal is the world's leading online payment processor enabling people to pay with any major credit card or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, etc.) Note: Ejari fees will be billed in US dollars

(Note: Open time- Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 6pm (Fridays off), festivities and bank holidays excluded.)

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